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Danny Snell

Danny grew up in Adelaide, trained at the Central School of Art and the University of South Australia and graduated with a Bachelor of Design (Illustration) in 1992. His first major picture book, Whose Tail Is That?,was published in 1999. Written by Christine Nicholls, it was shortlisted the following year for the Children‘s Book Council’s Crichton Award for first-time children‘s book illustrators. His second book Bilby Moonwritten by Margaret Spurling was nominated as a Notable Book for 2001 and shortlisted for the 2001 Kids Own Australian Literature Award (KOALA). Since then, he has illustrated The Long Way Home by Emily Rodda, Scary Bear by Tania Cox and Seadragon Sea, also by Margaret Spurling.

His more recent books include Somewhere in Australia by Marcello Pennacchio and Jeremy by Chris Faille, which won the 2014 Children’s Book Council Eva Pownall Award for information books. In 2015 Seagull was released, Danny’s first published book as the author and illustrator, and was shortlisted for The Wilderness Society’s 2016 Environment Award for Children’s Literature. In between children’s books, Danny works as a freelance illustrator taking commissions from many magazines and design studios around the country.